Washington, D.C. – Today, the Health IT Now Coalition issued the following statement applauding the recent United States Supreme Court’s decision in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission.
“This Supreme Court decision opens up the question of today’s state based licensure system and highlights the anticompetitive nature. While we believe medical licensing does serve to protect patients, Health IT Now remains concerned that a main function of the current system is to protect in-state providers from out-of-state competition,” said Joel White, executive director of Health IT Now. “We encourage the FTC to build upon this case and look at how state medical boards, through burdensome and expensive state licenses, restrict competition and choice for consumers, driving up costs.
“Health IT Now is particularly concerned that patients are denied access to the best possible care under the restrictions of the current system. Patients and providers should have the ability to maintain continuity of care, even across state lines, using telemedicine services. The current system sets a barrier to cost-efficient measures, and places restrictions on providers who wish to best manage their patients’ care, regardless of location.”
About the Health IT Now Coalition: Health IT Now (HITN) is a broad based coalition of patient groups, provider organizations, employers and payers that supports incentives to deploy health information technology to improve care, provider performance, patient outcomes and to lower costs. Learn more at www.healthitnow.org.